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Finance minister’s explanation sought over reports on overseas properties of Bangladeshis

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Speaking in parliament, Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Sunday placed a question for Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on whether news published in different media recently about overseas property and assets owned by Bangladeshis, including MPs, is true or false.

He also demanded that the government investigate these matters. Chunnu was speaking on a point of order, reports UNB.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, however, was not present in the house.

Chunnu said news was published that the WASA MD owns 23 houses in USA. Such questions are coming about two members of parliament as well.

"I request the finance minister to tell us whether all these news are true or not. Because, our foreign minister earlier said that there are many bureaucrats among those who are making their homes in Begum Para in Canada. There should be an inquiry into all these things. These allegations should be resolved,” Chunnu said.

Urging the finance minister to give statement on these issues, Chunnu said that different media are publishing such news ahead of the next election which is tarnishing the image of the government as well as their (JP's) image as the opposition party.

The MP said such news is sending the wrong message among the people of the country that MPs and ministers earn billions of taka and making houses in home and abroad.

He said the finance minister should give clarficiation about this.

The finance ministry along with the Bangladesh Bank should conduct an investigation and make a clear statement on the matter, he added.

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